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A PRECIOUS COMMAND
A FEW YEARS AGO, Moses' command not to "bear false witness" took on a new and special meaning for me (Ex. 20:16). I'd always realized that it meant not to say something untrue about someone, but I found I had a lot more to learn.
I'd been working as a teacher's assistant and was asked to help with a particular fifth-grade boy. He'd acted violently more than once and had even pulled a knife on his classroom teacher. He'd also been caught stealing, not only from his classmates but from the teacher as well.
The principal asked if I would tutor this student until he could go to another school, where he could be given the best help. I agreed, and each school day for the next two weeks he and I spent six hours together. He was not allowed to go anywhere without me, and he was never allowed to be with other students. This was a daunting assignment. So every morning before I headed off to work, I'd pray to see this boy the way God had made him: in His image and likeness (see Gen. 1:26, 27). I knew that I could see him that way, even if others were not.
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Emily Brickler lives in Cuba, Missouri.
with contributions from DANIEL OTIENO OKELLO, SANDRA CARR OWENS, LAURA N. SINEX, DIANE A. CHARIPAR, DELIA THOMPSON
AT THE CENTER OF OUR LIVES
KIM SHIPPEY, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Hadeel Al-Shalchi
BY BARBARA VINING
HEARTS OPEN to GOD
BY GINGER MACK
IN A SAFE PLACE
BY INGRID MONSALVE
THE GOD I PRAY TO...
Warren Bolon with contributions from Makengo Ma Pululu
A spiritual response to food contamination
BY COLLEEN DOUGLASS
NEVER LEFT HANGING
BY KATHLEEN MANGELSDORF
PRAYER AND THE MISSING BUS PASS
BY GRACE GILLIS
FACING DOWN INTIMIDATION
BY VERENA LINNING
A TEACHER AND A TEACHING FOR ALL TIMES
A PRECIOUS COMMAND
EMILY WALKER BRICKLER
THE ETHICS OF THE ELECTED
SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DIFFICULTY HEALED
DILSHAD KHAMBATTA EAMES
PERMANENT HEALING AFTER BIKE ACCIDENT
PETER T. MUDIDA
LUMP IN BREAST HEALED QUICKLY
GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING